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Image of the Day: Taman Sari, Yogyakarta, Central Java

April 2nd, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Taman Sari is a part of the Kraton, or Sultan’s Palace, in Yogyakarta. It is a definite ‘must see’ if you are visiting this cultural city. The best times to go are early in the morning and late afternoon when the light is excellent for photography. At both times you will at least avoid the tourist buses that daily fill the carparks.

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Indonesians in Focus: Mudji Sutrisno

December 23rd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

mudji-sutrisno.jpgMudji Sutrisno often speaks of the three life-changing moments in his life. Twenty five years ago, on Dec. 30, 1982, to be exact, Mudji, who was at that time a cultural activist, was ordained as a Catholic priest in Yogyakarta. The first of the three events was in 2003. Mudji had been asked to marry a couple in Wonogiri, Central Java. The couple, who were quite poor, asked whether they needed to rent special clothes for the church ceremony. “We have nothing, Father. We only have our love,” they said.

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Traditional Art Form: Yogyakarta, Central Java

November 20th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-creating-wayang.jpgPucung village in Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, is one of the places in the country in which its crafts is made from animal skin. The craftsmen have learned their skills from their parents, so it’s a generational practice despite their meagre amount of income. A mother of two, Sartina, 26, has known the craft of creating shadow puppet skin since she was in fourth grade. After she is finished with her household chore, she paints on pieces of skin to be used for fan souvenirs (kipas). Most of the craftsmen in Pucung village are daily laborers in which businessmen, who purchase the raw material, use their service for the finishing part, such as cutting and painting.

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Indonesians in Focus: Tan Soe Ie

November 20th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

“If I was still a young man I would definitely be rebelling at the conditions farmers are now having to endure I am deeply hurt when I hear of the continued suffering of farmers,” said an angry Catholic priest Father Tan Soe Ie SJ, 79, while wringing his hands. His vision was blurred and it seemed tears were welling behind the thick glass of his spectacles. The tone of his voice was dark and the words strong as he recounted the seemingly endless woes farmers suffer.

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Turning Manure into Money: Yogyakarta, Central Java

November 16th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

For most people, cow manure, known as tlepong in Central Java, is supposed to be smelly, dirty and disgusting. Unless it’s used for fertilizer, cattle dung is usually disposed of the quickest way possible.

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Sangiran Museum: Sragen, Central Java

November 9th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

A student group entered Sangiran Museum in Sragen, Central Java, and enthusiastically looked at the various fossils on display, which date back from hundreds of thousands to millions of years ago. All of the fossils are kept in 15 vitrines at the museum, which is also called the Conservation Center of Early Man Site.

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First Medium-Field Potatoes Harvested: Sleman, Central Java

November 5th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

It was a historic moment for the potato farmers of Hargobinangun village when they harvested their first ever crop of medium-altitude field potatoes. In Indonesia, potatoes are usually grown in regions with an altitude of at least 700 meters above sea level. However, the potato fields in Hargobinangun are located in a medium-altitude region, which lies between 300 to 700 meters above sea level.

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Converting Barren Land into Parks: Yogyakarta, Central Java

November 2nd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Yogyakarta city administration plans to buy barren land plots from their owners and convert them into parks or playgrounds. Yogyakarta Mayor Herry Zudianto said the city would use funds from the city budget to gradually buy all barren land plots in every subdistrict.

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Forest Preservers Demand Rewards: Wonogiri, Central Java

October 24th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

mini-wood19.jpgFarmers who are actively involved in the sustainable development of community-based forests in Wonogiri, Central Java, say they are not reaping the rewards of their hard work and dedication. “We used to experience water shortages every dry season. But now things are much better due to the formation of new springs that are constantly replenished by natural rainfall,” Mulyono, the chairman of one of the three community-based forest units in Wonogiri, Central Java, said.

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Arid Land Becomes Flourishing Ecosystem: Wonogiri, Central Java

October 23rd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

mini-hardwood19.jpgAmid reports of the environmentally costly exploitation of forest resources across the country, good news comes from a handful of villages in Java. Farmers in Wonogiri and Sukoharjo in Central Java, as well as Gunungkidul in Yogyakarta, have managed to convert arid and seemingly barren land into a flourishing ecosystem. Thousands of trees — mostly teak and mahogany — are thriving among the limestone cliffs and shallow caves of these hilly areas. The big trees are shoehorned in among rocks. “Each tree’s root system is wound through the cracks in the cliff,” said Siman, the manager of one of the five community organizations that manages forest resources in the three regencies.

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